Mentoring assists new faculty members with transitioning to academic life and career planning, it can be both structured and informal, addressing the various facets of the university context. These may include the integration of teaching, research and service, and the balance of professional and personal obligations. Faculty mentoring may include department events, teaching and research collaborations, developing career plans, as well as invitations to participate in professional and university organizations. Mentoring new collegues is often more successful when it occurs in an informal manner which may include checking in with colleagues, reviewing papers and grants, conversations regarding experiences in teaching and scholarship, and facilitating networking. The benefit of pairing new faculty with more senior faculty is for new faculty to get a thorough understanding of the requirements for academic success.
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The following are links to principles and best practices which can serve as references in developing opportunities for mentoring new faculty.
- Mentoring Faculty (Columbia University)
- Mentor Emory (Emory University)
- Best and Worst Practices in Mentoring Minority Faculty (Pennsylvania State University)
- Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
- Center for Learning and Teaching (University of Michigan)
- Mentoring Junior Faculty University of Washington)